Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht Bridges The Gap Between Sailing and Motor Yachting

A 40 meter sailing yacht inspired by performance, developed for simplicity and minimum style. The lead in the keel of the boat was adapted to become a giant battery charged by the solar cells in the sail. The owner could live in complete comfort and with zero carbon footprint.

What makes this an innovative design solution is that the Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht is a vessel inspired by performance, developed for simplicity, and minimally styled. It is meant to bridge the gap between sailing and motor yachting, so that those who take to the winds can do so in the most comfortable, amenable and sustainable way. It is designed to have a zero carbon footprint because of its electric engine and solar sail giving the owner absolute freedom to roam the seas in complete comfort. The lead in the keel of the boat, which is regularly just used for balance, was adapted to become a giant battery charged by the solar cells in the sail. It completely redefines the layout of a sailboat.

Designer : Sebastian Campos

Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht by Sebastian Campos

Kira Hybrid Sailing Yacht by Sebastian Campos

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Stylish Givi Motorcycle Top Box Features RFID Key Lock System

Givi motorcycle top box was designed by these industrial designers during their exchange period at Istituto Europeo di Design. This top box project is intended to be used on motorcycles and has to be realistic enough to be released in the market by the year of 2017.

At first, we came up with many ideas that would make this an ambitious target, but during the process we moved toward actual reasonable scenarios and implementing only those features which were likely be available at that time. We had a keen interest to design a product that is sustainable, using biodegradable plastics and making the manufacturing process and recycling process as easy as possible and one of the top box’s main feature and theme is configurability and customizability.

We applied these themes to Givi Motorcycle Top Box both internally and externally, thus the interior has an easy to use compartmentalization feature using elastic rubber bands, while the exterior has customizable rings that can match any motorbike. We decided to use a new lock system with an RFID key to simplify the access to two separate compartments. These compartments have separate purposes, a smaller for easy access for personal things that are essential and a bigger one that has more space. The aggressive angle of the lid was designed to fit with modern and future motorbike trends where the rear end of the bike is also angled, not flat.

Designers : Harold Baltodano, Krisztián Griz and Mina Kuchani

Givi Motorcycle Top Box by Krisztian Griz

Givi Motorcycle Top Box by Krisztian Griz

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E-Board Tracker Bike : A Small, Funny, and Eco Friendly Motorbike

The Eboard Tracker concept doesn’t focus on just a transport vehicle, rather the designer has envisioned it as an eco-friendly, small and funny motorbike that can run at up to 30 mph and ensures better twisting around the corner of the street with its compact and light design. This bike contains hand throttle instead of traditional electric pedaling and features light, simple and optical flowing frame. A beam girder from section-I and hydro-formed tubes welded together in order to strengthen the steering head. The handlebar is shaped like an ace-bar which is fully adjustable and includes a cycle computer on top with speed, battery status and estimated remaining battery capacity readings.

This bike features a very close to “vintage racer” look with its regenerative breaking and a hub battery since they are similar to a set of drum brakes. The chain is swapped for a carbon shaft, bevel drive and nylon hypoid gears enclosed in right swing arm. Behind the pedal shafts, a small six speed cassette type remains hidden and comes operational if the battery becomes flat any time. Both pedals are lockable at 180 degrees and can be used as foot pegs

eboard tracker

eboard tracker

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Icare : Futuristic Motorcycle from Enzyme Design

Now be a style icon with the Icare high-end futuristic bike. With its eccentric looks and spectacular design it surely is a dream come true for all the bike lovers. The engine, which is Honda 6 cylinder flat engine and 1800cm3, is completely out of this world and will definitely keep you mesmerized. Its powerful body gives you a sense of security while driving on the tarnished highways and its design looks more that of an alien. A bike with a different look and with the unbeatable performance and strength. So move out and flaunt your Icare and unleash the beast.

icare motorcycle concept

icare motorcycle concept

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Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster Features Drag Race Architecture with Innovative Engineering

Gorgeous Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster features amazing specifications with uncompromised design. It is named after the iconic F6F Hellcat fighter plane of WWII, this motorcycle has been designed with distinctive drag race architecture, it is equipped with innovative engineering and boasts avant-garde design.

The uncompromised approach can be seen through Hellcat’s billet aluminum case, it doesn’t use the usual casting method, it is machined from 2 blocks of billet 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. This case combines America’s best V-Twin technology with America’s super powertrain technology into singularity. It features 121 HP, 140 foot pounds torque, 18-inch carbon fiber wheels, beautiful leather tractor seat, adjustable suspension, and dual caliper brakes. The company promises that it has made best approach to maximize the strength and guaranteeing durability.

Designer : Confederate Motorcycles

Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster

Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster

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Polaris Slingshot 3-Wheel Roadster Looks Like An Automobile

Polaris has unleashed Slingshot, an awesome, jaw dropping, 3-wheel roadster to celebrate the company 60 years of innovation. This vehicle has been designed to deliver head turning excitement of two dimensions, the first excitement comes from something that you can see, hear, and feel when riding Slingshot, second excitement comes from how you feel when people turn their heads to star at your ride in awe.

Slingshot offers a new on-road driving and riding experience, it’s not something that you usually ride, it’s a motorcycle with the feel of automobile. The open air cockpit gives a cool 360-degree rush of sight along with sound and smell. The side by side seating arrangement allows the driver and passenger to enjoy front row shot of adrenalin, the wide stance and sport-tuned suspension encourages you to charge every corner and never let off. You can feel the rush of pavement under your seat with a low to the ground vehicle stance, it makes your heart pounding as you ride this badass roadster.

Designer : Polaris

Slingshot 3-Wheel Motorcycle by Polaris

Slingshot 3-Wheel Motorcycle by Polaris

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Manned Mars Expedition Rover Design Proposal for Future Mission to Mars in 2037

There’s a possibility that NASA will have a manned visit to Mars in 2037, well, at least that’s the plan. As part for the mission, they will require special vehicle that is capable to accommodate 4 passengers up to as long as 4 weeks.

Manned Mars Expedition Rover (MER) is a design proposal for this future mission, the design takes into consideration every possible elements required for the passengers to survive in that hostile environment. You can also say that this vehicle doubles the requirement for redundancy. The main power for MER is electric but due to the requirement of continuous, reliable energy, this vehicle is also equipped with a removable on board Dynamic Isotope System. It will be augmented by roof mounted solar panels, enough for short distance trips.

Designer : Montgomery Design International and Ergonomic Systems Design

Manned Mars Expedition Rover by Gregg Montgomery

Manned Mars Expedition Rover by Gregg Montgomery

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Walking Bicycle : Faster Than Walking, Easier Than Riding Conventional Bike

Walking Bicycle, just like its name suggests, it’s a bicycle that you move simply by walking. It works just like an elliptical bike, it’s faster and more convenient than walking. There are no English description on the official site, fortunately, Arisa Katayama’s (the project leader) willing to explain it to us.

The project started five years ago when our CEO, Masayuki Katayama and a member of our executive board was discussing a new vehicle that moves by simply “walking.” The two were concerned that in the near future, people will rely more on technology rather than their own ability to walk and move around. They wanted to create something that would be more convenient and faster than walking, but easier than riding a typical bicycle. After numerous tests and samples, we invited top designers and producers to be part of the project including Tei Shuwa and Kenya Hara.

Although many bicycles are now made in China and Taiwan, our bicycle is handmade in our company located in Okayama Prefecture and most of the parts are made in Japan. We wanted to emphasize the top notch quality of “Made in Japan” products as well as the incredible talents of Japanese designers which explain a large part of why the price is so expensive.

We are currently in the process of constructing our showroom in the Omotesando area, Tokyo (a very fashionable and trendy area) and preparing for retail that will start in October (only in Japan for now.) We are hoping to start overseas retail as soon as things settle down here.

Designer : Walking Bicycle Club

Walking Bicycle by Walking Bicycle Club

Walking Bicycle by Walking Bicycle Club

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T Bike : A Minimalist Bike for Third World Cities

Antonio Serrano, an industrial designer, has come up with T Bike, a minimalist and simple bike for third world cities such as Mexico City. It’s a sturdy bike that can handle rough terrains or poor infrastructures which are usually found in third world countries. The rear suspension design was inspired by cross motorcycles, it provides a great response and comfort ride in any terrain. The frame is constructed of high-strength aluminum, making this bike lightweight, and durable. The main focus here is to ensure this concept bike is easy and cheap to mass produce, making it affordable for many people.

Designer : Antonio Serrano

T-Bike by Antonio Serrano

T-Bike by Antonio Serrano

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A’ Design Award and Competition 2014 – Winners

It’s time again to announce the winners of A’ Design Award & Competition, with more than 12,000 entries in more than 100 categories from 208 countries, you will find amazing products, buildings, accessories, and much more. A’ Design Award & Competition has been a prestigious design competition that attracts thousands of designers from around the world to showcase their best works. It sets a benchmark for design development in different countries and the winning designs along with the designers get international fame in an instant.

Here are 20 amazing designs among hundreds that we’d like to share with you.

1. Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez
Remember the old days when leather jacket clad riders raced from one café to another just to prove themselves? Well, those days were the inspiration of this project. Black Shadow H-E (Hydrogen-Electric Hybrid Motorcycle) features vintage style with modern technology. Its carbon titanium composite frame making this vehicle becomes a lightweight, ecological bike with vintage styling.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Black Shadow H-E by Mark Norton Menendez

2. Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand
Inspired by the form of seashells, this beautiful artistic Schon Lamp attracts everyone to approach to touch it. The light surface is located at the center to create soft illumination and uniform light to its surrounding. Simply touch the body to turn the light on/off.

A' Design Award and Competition 2014 Winners - Schon Lamp by Mostafa Arvand

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Seabob Cayago F7 Underwater Jetski Allows You to Move Just Like A Dolphin At Depth or On The Surface

Underwater world is fascinating, exploring this world with Seabob Cayago F7 Underwater Jetski would be a great experience for anyone. This cool vehicle features strength, technological intelligence, and great function to allow you swim like a fish, just like James Bond in Thunderball. This watercraft utilizes powerful engine that generates over 700 Newtons of thrust and reaches the speed of up to 9mph or 15km/h. This extraordinary performance is regulated by 10 gears along with precise up shifts for different individual driving styles. The company claims the jet system used in this watercraft is the first in the world that features an impeller, an electric powered rotor that sucks water and fires it out back out of the jetski.

From : Seabob

Seabob Cayago F7 Underwater Jetski

Seabob Cayago F7 Underwater Jetski

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Urbliner Electric Vehicle for The City of Bogota, Colombia in 2030

Urbliner electric vehicle was born out of the idea of developing transportation solution for college students in the city of Bogota, Colombia in 2030. Based on researches, young students are usually fun, different, extreme, and thrill seekers, they demand vehicle that can meet their lifestyle needs. The main problems we have to face on daily basis are rainy days, objects to load, low speed paths due to ground conditions and the strength to be applied to circumvent the pollution which is exposed by public transport, passenger limit from 1 to 2 people per ride, instability to have two wheels and work on the weight of the occupant, including the low road of the city of Bogota.

This concept vehicle proposes solutions to above problems by having a canopy to protect rider and passenger from the rain. It’s constructed of light alloy and plastic, rider can remove the canopy on a sunny day to enjoy the warmth of the sun. the large side cabin space allows you to load suitcases, papers, folders, etc. without any problem.

Project Leader : Camilo Dominguez
Designer: Eduardo Trivino Vargas “Edo”

Urbliner Electric Vehicle by Eduardo Trivino Vargas

Urbliner Electric Vehicle by Eduardo Trivino Vargas

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nThree Electric Vehicle Offers The Comfort of A Car with The Cost of An E-Bike

nThree electric vehicle aims to provide you with affordable, personal vehicle that features the comfort of a car yet with the cost of an e-bike. It sounds pretty ambitious and interesting, doesn’t it? Let’s read what these designers have to say about the project.

Following the recent electric revolution of lightweight vehicles around the world, the nThree is a new design, following the very successful nCycle e-bike concept. With the irreversible process of global economies turning towards renewable energy, the way we see and use the city has already changed and is set to do so dramatically in the next few years.

With our increased awareness and sensitivity towards energy consumption, courtesy among others of the most recent economic crisis, in the last 4-5 years, personal transportation has begun a slow but steady drift away from the model we have come to know in the past century. The 10s and hundreds of new e-bikes and electric cars like the Renault Twizy or Toyota i-Road have shown the way to a more personal and conscious approach. Our new concept builds on the characteristics and refines the strengths of these vehicles to bring electric power even closer to the mass market.

Small electric cars, tricycles and quadricycles all suffer from the same inherent drawback; they are meant to be cheap and affordable but they end up being expensive like real cars because they are BUILT like real cars. The mission on the nThree was to address these conceptual and design shortcomings and design an affordable, single-seat electric vehicle that would offer all (or most) of the comforts of an electric car at the cost of an e-bike.

To achieve the objectives, the nThree electric vehicle was built with a simplistic approach reminiscent on the nCycle. In first place, the vehicle was reduced to the most essential stable geometry of three wheels to reduce cost. Even though the latest small electrics are a great way to move around the urban areas, there is something about these offerings that does not look great at all: Price. Starting from about 7000 Euros and above these 1-2 seaters cost almost as much as a cheap standard car and more than many used ones in good condition.

Designers : Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

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Ekso Bionic Suit Helps People with Lower Extreme Paralysis to Stand and Walk

Robotic exoskeletons have been designed to enhance human strength, endurance, and mobility. We’ve seen many great designs such as ReWalk or Honda Walking Assist Device, now, Ekso Bionic Suit is another project that helps people with paralysis to stand up and walk over ground. We really appreciate companies that try to make a difference in people’s live in magical way, even though so far it can only be used in supervised medical environment, we cross our fingers and hope that someday it can be worn anywhere and help many people worldwide.

From : Ekso Bionics

Ekso Bionic Suit

Ekso Bionic Suit

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P.F.U.V : Futuristic Personal Folding Urban Vehicle Concept for The Year of 2040

Designed for the year 2040 this vehicle solves a mayor problem for every city in the future, space. Only 30% longer than a standard bicycle, P.F.U.V (Personal Folding Urban Vehicle) has the ability of folding itself when not in use for reducing space to a minimum. When folded, this vehicle can be stacked in front of one another for parking.

Most people use a big car for transporting only themselves from point A to B, and cars spend most of the day parked, wasting a lot of space. Utilizing electric motors on each wheel, this vehicle reduces pollution to zero. This is why P.F.U.V transports only one person and folds itself for parking. The chassis is made out of high tech materials, metal ceramics, each hole in the structure is calculated for reducing weight to a maximum without sacrificing the chassis strength.

Designer : Eduardo Díaz Tostado

P.F.U.V - Personal Folding Urban Vehicle by Eduardo Diaz Tostado

P.F.U.V - Personal Folding Urban Vehicle by Eduardo Diaz Tostado

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